Author Archives: Alison Kidd

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist

Bethesda Local Energy Pilot

Here’s a 4 minute video explaining the effects on a household which a Local Energy scheme like the pilot trial at Bethesda can have. There are some more details of people’s experiences here.

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Pole mounted energy storage

Interesting scheme in Toronto where they are mounting compact storage units on electricity poles. Each unit, storing 15 kilowatt hours of energy, is paired with a transformer and can supplement needs during peak hours in homes.

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Business rates impact community hydro

“The future of many community hydro schemes is in jeopardy due a sharp rise in business rates, operators have said. Some have seen increases of as much as 900% after a recent revaluation and the situation has been called “ridiculous”. … Continue reading

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1 year’s solar storage data – Talybont household

Talybont Energy Directors, Alison & Peter installed a Wattstor solar storage system in their home a year ago to make better use of the electricity generated by their 4kw PV panels. Here they provide a year’s worth of data and … Continue reading

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Share Shed opens in Totnes

This has long been a dream of mine – a shared  “library” of things (tools, appliances, tents, etc) which are useful occasionally. Totnes has now set one up and it will be interesting to see how it progresses. I notice … Continue reading

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Underground Energy Storage in Wales

One of our Talybont Energy Directors has written an essay exploring the opportunities for using pumped storage schemes to store renewable energy in the coal fields of Wales.

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Urea Batteries

This looks like an interesting innovation – storage batteries using urea which is (of course) widely and cheaply available and definitely renewable!

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